2017 Hockey Season – June 24 & 25

As the hockey season progresses, it is pleasing to see the effort which players are putting in for their teams every week.

Kookas

Team Orange started the game well,with Tom making good position and Lennie seizing possession of the ball before Team Red could reach it. Great passing by Lennie to team mates running into space. A great double back by Tom saw Team Orange move the ball into the scoring zone and pressure the Red defence, finishing off well with 3 goals resulting.

The second half saw Team Red working hard and good passing by Braydn and Ebony created attacking opportunities, and found players in front of the goal. However the shot went just wide on a number of occasions before they found the target. Great defence and ball control by all players with excellent switching and running in support of team mates.

There will be no Kookas hockey game this week, due to the start of the school holidays. The Kookas program will continue for the remainder of the winter hockey season, beginning again in Term 3.

Under 6 Joeys

The Under 6 players are showing great dribbling skills and working on learning to pass accurately and firmly. Thanks to our ‘targets’ who joined in at the risk of their ankles, the players enjoyed being able to pass the ball through the target.

Both of these skills were on display in our game of keepings off this week. Zeph, Alexander and Lachlan showed some excellent dribbling skills and great passes to team mates. Harrison, Jasmine and Maia concentrated very well on the ball with sticks on the ground to trap well. Amelia, Cate and George found some great spaces away from the opposition for team mates to pass to them, and Braxton was fantastic in calling to let his players know that he was ready.

The Under 6 Joeys program is a great precursor to the next hockey season, when we anticipate that many of these players will move up to the Under 8 teams, having learnt both skills and strategies in a fun environment.

Under 8

Newtown Spirit v Kardinia

Spirit tried a ‘clock face’ approach to get around their talented Kardinia opposition in an exciting Under-8 game at Lloyd Reserve on Saturday.

After Coach Kellie asked them to position themselves “like a little clock” when they won free hits, they spread out across the field to open up play and work the ball around Kardinia. With wings Braydn and Pollyanna hanging wide at `3’ and ‘9’ on the clock and centre Summah up high at the `12’, defenders had clearer options to successfully pass the ball forward.

Half backs Michael, Avah and Juliette put in a big effort to shut down the fast-moving Kardinia outfit, which made the most of its attacking runs. Spirit’s defenders produced some clever square passes to avoid their opposition and used the width of the field when they could, firing the ball up the sidelines and into attack. There were some clever skills on show as well as great marking, with Summah and Juliette getting in front time and again to block the ball from Kardinia.

Drew, at full back, put in a pearler of a game. He combined well with Spirit’s hard-working half backs and stopped several certain goals by blocking the ball calmly and sending it out of the danger zone. He also did a great job of coming out and meeting the attack when in a one-on-one battle to protect the goals.

Drew won the Subway Best Team Player award for the game after listening carefully to Coach Kellie’s instructions, putting them into play and making good decisions under pressure. Well done Drew.

Newtown Rebels v Torquay Tornadoes

Rebels had another great match this week and are continuing to improve their skills with each game played.

In the first half both sides started well with strong attacks from both teams. Rebels kept their positions well and there were lots of opportunities for them to move forward and score. Aiden and Tommy played tirelessly, always chasing the ball and tackling well. Annabelle also took some excellent free hits. At half-time Colleen praised the team’s strong performance and stressed the importance of Rebels keeping their sticks down, calling to one another and finding space.

In the second half Rebels again moved forward well and kept up the attack. Both Sophies and Audrey worked well together, constantly chasing the ball. Neve worked well in goal, helped by Paddy who defended brilliantly. All in all, Rebels again displayed fantastic team work and had an amazing match!

Sophie B was awarded Subway Player of the Week for most improved player and never giving up.

Newtown Raiders vs Newtown Strikers

Another excellent game this week by Raiders, with concentration on the play and covering the opposition both highlighted – things we have been working on during this hockey season. Excellent defence by Lily in front of the goals stopped a number of Strikers attempts to score. Keeping sticks on the ground saw Raiders gain possession and with excellent ball control, Charlotte was able to spearhead attacks and move the ball forward. Chloe and Isabelle found some good position on the wings and Oscar made himself available in the centre. Jesse made some nice interceptions and good passes to team mates, denying Strikers the opportunity to move to the goals.

Subway Best Team Players this week went to Lily and Charlotte.

Under 10

Newtown Strikers vs Torquay 0-11

What a fantastic effort from everyone this week as it was a completely different game compared to last time we met Torquay Tornadoes. We never gave up throughout the game.

Isla did a fantastic job in goals with some fancy foot work. Anna put into practice what we have been focusing on in training with making great passes and her trapping. Jai and Charlie had great calling to each other and worked well together passing along the side line. Amelia and Thamindu never gave up and continued to support Isla. Isabel, Eliza May and Elliott worked together brilliantly with Brandon with great tackles and passes. Amber and Ruby made a great pair through the centre field creating turnovers for Torquay. Alex had great strong passes of the ball. We caught the opposition off guard with how quickly we took our penalties.

Great game from everyone, enjoy your break and stay safe.

Newtown Spirit vs Geelong College 1-0

Will (in his first game for Spirit) with great persistence and a great pass from Nate saw the only goal of the match scored on the whistle in the first half of the game. Another great game watched from the sidelines by the parents. It was a really fabulous first half with great 2nd and 3rd efforts, fabulous positioning, picking up and controlling the ball.

There were some great improvements in marking our players and Kellie spoke about working on this in the second half. We needed to ensure that we could see our players, making sure they were in front of us so we knew where they were and then when the get the ball and turn we are right there to defend the ball.

The second half saw us hit the ball out wide, a technique we have talked about for weeks. Moving our bodies to ensure we were able to clear the ball out to the sides then allowed us to be in control of the ball with the defence in front of us. She wanted us to continue to work on holding the ball for 2-3 seconds longer before having a shot. Great game Spirit, enjoy the break.

Under 12

Newtown Spirit vs Kardinia 0-1

This week Spirit came up against Kardinia who were very competitive, and it was a game that proved more difficult than the team anticipated. The first half saw Kardinia crowding which meant we also crowded and  did not play our positions. We were a little frazzled to say the least and as a result Kardinia scored but not before some desperate defence from our backs and Angus who was goalie this week. Despite being frazzled our team never gave up and were persistent.

The second half was much better and the team came out raring to go. Right from the start spirit played their positions well and took a couple of seconds to look up before passing off which was lacking in the first half. The panic had disappeared and there was much more thoughtful play by everyone.

Angus had some great saves and Mia, Maggie, Edie and India were very unlucky not to convert at least twice! The perseverance from the entire Spirit team was just wonderful to watch and despite being 1-0 down they never ever gave up.  Mitchell and Lachie were solid in the back line, Daniel tackled really well in the Center, Matilda playing her 25th game ran her heart out and held onto her player really well. Oliver was solid in defence and in attack. Harry was always in a great position and ready to receive the ball. Liam received a ball to his head (off his own stick) but continued to be strong in his play. Well done everyone.

Newtown Strikers vs Newtown Rebels 0-5

The first half started out well for Strikers with some great play shown on both sides in the first 5 minutes. After that the ball constantly seemed to be in the Rebels half of the field testing our defensive players. Jamie, our goalie, did very well, saving 3 attempts at goal, however Rebels finally broke through with a goal later in the first half.

In the second half Rebels seemed even more confident with their dominance on the field and although Jamie saved another 3 attempts at goal, Rebels eventually found the gap another 4 times. Despite the odds, and to their credit, Strikers did not give up and finished strongly in the last 5 minutes. We were all very proud of their good attitude and positive body language.

The things we learnt in this game was to trap the ball first and take a second to find a teammate before passing. We also learnt that we need to go wide and in some cases even wider to find that perfectly positioned player and we learnt that we need to put pressure on and tackle the opposition for that ball.

A big thank you to Oliver from Spirit for helping us out as we were a bit short of players this week. He played a great game and put in a lot of effort.  For our best on field we couldn’t go past our amazing defence of Thomas, Tom and Jamie. They were really pushed to the limit, but didn’t give up and kept on trying. Their hard work saved many more goals.

We are all looking forward to a nice break over the holidays and look forward to coming back with more determination and a full team once again.

Under 14

Newtown Spirit vs Kardinia 7-0

Newtown Spirit hosted Kardinia in their Round 8 clash at Stead Park on Saturday. Max was unavailable to play, so Spirit had one player back as a kicking defender. Coach Carl in his pre-match address asked the team for possession hockey, to practice transitioning the ball around the back, and to take some time to look up and see who’s available.

Spirit had plenty of possession and a few short corners early, with some good work from Riley, Harry, Ella, Charley and Jamie keeping the Kardinia defenders really busy. Our first goal came from a short corner, with Jamie receiving the ball and then passing back to Ella on post for the goal. This was followed by 2 goals to Harry, one from the top of the circle and another after dribbling from the mid-field right in close to goal.

Kardinia had some attacking opportunities too, but were repelled by Spirit with some good defending by Bailey and some clearing hits to the side from Ella. Harry also did some great defending at full back, then took the ball up forward to give Amelia a chance which went just wide of the goal. Amelia then got a score on the board with a nice pass from Nick, taking us to 4-0, and Jamie followed up with a pass from Ella to make it 5-0.

At half time, Carl called for quicker passes to catch the defenders off guard because we were holding the ball a little too long, and to work on the transitions from the backs. The team responded with excellent ball movement and running with numbers into attack up the wings. 2 more goals were scored, with Will hitting in to goal and Harry in great position for a deflection past the goalkeeper, and Riley scoring his first goal of the hockey season with a great strike. Final score was Newtown 7-0.

Newtown Strikers vs Golden Plains 1-4

Under 17

Newtown Strikers vs Torquay 3-0

With Torquay the only team to have defeated us so far in this hockey season, this was always going to be an interesting game.  The aim at the start of the game was to focus on our defence and not let them score any cheap early goals, particularly since Torquay have a handful of fast strikers.  As it turned out, they needed to be wary of us as Tom M scored a goal in the first couple of minutes.  Our defence stuck to their objectives, with Byron, Angus, Rachel, Ella and Tom C guarding the Torquay forwards and not giving them any easy opportunities to score.  We went into half time with a handy 2-0 lead after some good short passing around the D resulting in a goal for Erin.

We expected Torquay to come out hard in the second half and we had to make sure that we didn’t become complacent with a 2-0 lead.  The second half was tightly fought with both teams holding tight defences.  With few opportunities to score, Corey and Jamie combined to create an opportunity out of nowhere when Corey saw Jamie alone up in the D and sent a long ball through heavy traffic which Jamie used to drag the Torquay goalie out of the goals and set up another goal.  Great effort by the Strikers – we worked hard, helped our team mates and won the game.

Newtown Spirit Bye

Division 1 Men

Newtown Falcons vs Geelong Jaguars 2-7

Lack of players again saw Falcons grateful to Tom M, Beau and Alex who were willing to fill in. Falcons could not find their mojo for this game and Geelong began strongly. Falcons gained possession of the ball but were unable to get the game flowing and Geelong took advantage with 3 goals in the first 5 minutes. A great cross from Adham to Gus resulted in a goal and Falcons were 1-3 at half time and hoping for a reversal of fortunes.

Half-time discussions focused on positive actions to improve the game, with more calling and switching of play required. Geelong continued to attack and pressure the defence, finding spaces to pass to team mates and Falcons were unable to counteract the forward moves. There were some good passages of play but not enough to take control of the game. With a few minutes to go, and the score at 1-7, another great cross saw Adham finish off with a goal, making the final score 2-7.

Division 1 Women

Newtown Falcons vs Newtown Strikers 2-0

An excellent game by both teams. Falcons began well with fast running, quick free passes and excellent use of space. Great overlapping by Tiahna created space down the right side, and with Tiahna, Jess and Nicole working as a well-oiled team, Falcons had much of the play in their attacking circle early in the game. Some great crosses to the left narrowly missed their targets with Georgie and Hailey both honing in on the ball with determination.

The second half in particular saw some great defence for Strikers by goalkeeper Eichelle, keeping out many 2nd, 3rd and even 4th shots by Falcons. Great positioning and strong clearances from defence by Peta and Kylie saw Strikers gain some forward momentum, and composed play by Erin and Elese made the Falcons defence work hard. Lead by Deb with calm, controlled play and great stickwork, the Falcons defence team of Ainsley, Emma, Bec and Kellie responded to the Strikers pressure and held their positions, working well together to clear the ball from danger. Great work for Strikers by Rachael in her first Division 1 game, showing she wasn’t fazed by the opposition and making some great interceptions and passes to team mates.

Division 2 Men

Newtown Spirit vs Golden Plains 3-2

With 20 minutes before game time a slightly anxious Coach Fitzy was waiting for balls, face masks and some late comers (who for now will remain nameless). Add to this the news that Marty was resting at home after a big week of hockey and that there was some doubt about a Goalie turning up. So who do you call? Don was mentioned but he was also resting. Brodie Birse was also mentioned but unable due to double up rules.

Gwyn had been asked but due to some technical glitches his phone wasn’t able to pick up Gordo’s smoke signal the night before. In a dire situation it takes a special person to step up when needed. Enter James Wood. But where was the goalie gear? Gordo was dispatched forthwith back to the cage. Stu was dispatched forthwith to get the balls from the cage.

Rodan made a welcome return to the team and was very polite and only displayed mild bemusement at the shenanigans going on. With help from sympathetic spectators Woody was fitted out with his armour and looked somewhat like Ned Kelly as he tottered out onto the ground to face a hail of shots from the Golden Plainsmen. As the game progressed our new GK warmed to the task with a couple of great moves that amazed all involved. Many sincere thanks to Woody. He made a significant contribution to the team winning a tight game.

Goal scorers: Joe, Beau and Ian

Next week. EVERYBODY be there by 1.30 for a 2pm start.

Division 2 Women

Newtown Spirit vs Golden Plains 0-2

With Jacinta, Katelyn and Tracey returning to the team in recent weeks, Spirit are showing some great play and good teamwork. Strong defence at full back by Rachel and Tracey stopped many Golden Plains forward moves, and great marking and positioning in the midfield by Wendy and Andie saw Newtown gain possession. A first goal by Golden Plains did not dampen the enthusiasm and the effort of the Newtown defence line up who matched the speed of the opposition well.

With some improved trapping and ball control, Spirit were able to launch a number of attacks. Tireless running by Phoebe and Katie was well supported by De and Katelyn running to space to receive the ball. Peta and Kellie worked hard to contain the opposition forwards and made great passes to team mates in space, with determined play and second efforts to gain possession.

 

2017 Hockey Season – June 17 & 18

 The 2017 hockey season is heading into the home stretch, and teams are showing how well they have learnt to play together.

Kookas

The 2017 hockey season has shown that Team Orange vs Team Red is always a closely contested game, with some great skills on display. A fantastic reverse stick trap by Emily was a highlight this week, and her positioning and support for her team mates helped Team Orange to move the ball into attack well.  Charlie’s speed and focus on the ball sees him gain possession often, passing to advantage and in the right position to score. Excellent running by Ebony, with the ‘give and go’ game sitting well in her arsenal. Tom and Lenny made some great passes and used the space created by team mates well.

Under 8

Newtown Spirit v Torquay Tornadoes

Spirit had to dig deep in defence when it came up against a rampaging Torquay Tornadoes in Under 8 competition at Lloyd Reserve on Saturday. The Newtown side had a tough match on its hands right from the starting whistle as the orange army pushed forward relentlessly towards their goal. Full back Summah worked hard in front of goals, while half backs Michael and Avah showed great skills in intercepting many Tornadoes passes and clearing the ball from the danger zone. The half backs combined well, firing off clean, square passes to each other and directing the ball up the sidelines on several occasions.

Centre forward Pollyanna and wings Braydn and Drew provided their defenders with effective passing options, with the wings both staying wide to help open up the play. Coach Kellie praised Spirit for their first-half effort at the break, saying they were quick to get into position and were using the “out wide” option effectively. She also applauded their marking of the opposition but asked them to call more and “try to be ready an extra second early” to get to the ball first.

While Spirit enjoyed more attack in the second half, Tornadoes didn’t let up for an instant. Pollyanna, who switched to full back, stopped a couple of great opposition runs at goal, clearing the ball away swiftly. Michael, who never gave up and never stopped running, made the most of every opportunity and, on one occasion, got around opposition players in a sprint towards the goals. Drew, at half back, powered some great free hits to waiting forwards to help drive Spirit into attack against a talented opposition. Drew was also effective in consistently marking Torquay players.

After the game Coach Kellie said it was good to see the team staying wide, marking strongly and moving to the ball quickly. She urged Spirit to get into position a bit quicker after winning a free. Pollyanna won the Subway Best Team Player award for the game for her effective use of the ball, looking before making passes and getting back in position quickly. Well done Pollyanna.

Newtown Strikers vs Torquay

A great game by Strikers, with all the players working hard to gain possession and play as a team.

Newtown Raiders vs Newtown Rebels

What a fantastic game by Raiders this week, with great focus on the ball and on keeping sticks on the ground.  Chloe did an excellent job at full back, minding the goals well and saving a number of shots by Rebels. Chloe adjusted her position well when Rebels passed the ball around and her forward moves toward the ball saw Rebels make mistakes in front of goals.

Great work by Isabelle in covering her opponent denied Rebels possession and created forward moves for Raiders, with quick free passes. Lily’s ball control was excellent, and she was able to maintain possession with some lovely spins. Jesse, Oscar and Hannah were all watching the ball very well, and ready to intercept whenever Rebels moved forward. Good running and support for team mates from Oscar and Hannah got the ball into Raiders attacking area on a number of occasions.

Subway Best Team Player awards to Chloe and Isabelle.

Newtown Rebels vs Newtown Raiders

Rebels had a fantastic match this week against Newtown Raiders and are continuing to show great improvement. In the first half there was an early attack from Rebels, with some close chances on goal from Tommy. He was backed up by Audrey along with Annabelle who made some accurate free hits. Rebels showed great tenacity, passing well and continually keeping up the pressure on Raiders.

At half-time Colleen praised the team’s strong performance and stressed the importance of Rebels keeping their sticks down and calling to one another.

In the second half Rebels again moved forward well and kept up the attack. Genevieve and Aiden worked well together and constantly chased the ball. Neve, Paddy and Sophie also showed great improvement moving forward and contributing to the team. All in all, Rebels displayed great team work and had an amazing match!

Audrey was awarded Subway Player of the Week for most improved player.

Under 10 South

Newtown Strikers vs Geelong College 2-0

Firstly thank you to Ollie for helping out the team with filling in. Congratulations to Emma on your 25 game milestone.

Strikers had a great game with everyone knowing their role and never giving up. Amelia, Anna and Thamindu made up the defensive back line and stopped some very close shots on goal. Welcome back Jai, playing his first game back from a broken arm and was straight back into the action. Emma, Elliott, Eliza May, Charlie and Eliza kept the ball moving through out the field and looked for the best options to pass to. Ruby and Alex worked on pushing the ball forward. There was a great momentum after the first goal was scored and everyone lifted and we were rewarded with another goal being scored.

Newtown Spirit vs Golden Plains 0-0

Another great game by Spirit this week and what a match to watch too, both sides remained scoreless, with both attacking and defensive plays seen all game. Kellie talked about the surface we were playing on and how it was a difficult one to play on but gave the team some strategies to help. The longer grass does hinder longer passes so the team had to position its self better (be at least 5 steps away from our own players – avoiding the crowding), hold/carry the ball for 3 seconds before trying to pass it off and pass through the legs of the opposition therefore increasing the chances of it being touched by the opposition.

There were times when we needed the players to be ahead of the ball so that passes could be made, the second half saw this happen a lot better. Kellie continued to encourage the side plays rather than the centre, to trust in ourselves and our team mates. Congratulations to Hana as goalie this week, she helped defend a number of goals. Players of the week were Hamish, Meyah and Seb – Well done guys.

Under 12

Newtown Rebels vs Kardinia 2-1

Newtown Rebels had one of their strongest performances of the hockey season this weekend, beating top of the ladder Kardinia 2-1. The ball spent most of the first half in the mid-field, with neither team able to break through the strong defence of their opposition.  Kardinia scored the only goal through a corner penalty.

The second half saw Rebels play one of their best halves for the hockey season.  An early goal to Rory equalled the scores 1-1.  The passing from defence through the mid-field to the forwards was outstanding.  The fast transitions made it difficult for Kardinia to defend and when the Kardinia defence had the ball, Rebels worked extremely hard to keep the ball in their offensive half.  Late into the game, the outcome seemed destined to be a draw until a late goal by Basyl gave Rebels the win.

Well done to all players, it was a great team effort.  A big thank you to Eliza, Archer and Rory for filling in this week, and Isobel who did a great job in the goals.

hockey season

U12 – Newtown Rebels vs Kardinia

Newtown Spirit vs Bellarine Lightning 1-0

It was a was an early start for the Spirit team on Saturday but the sun was shining which always makes Stead Park more appealing!  With an almost full team Spirit took to the field ready to warm up. Archer put the goalie gear on which I think he was happy about but of course was wanting to run a little more than he got to! The first half was not the best hockey that has been played by the team in this hockey season with a lot of crowding and not so much position play. The team looked a little rattled for some reason. There was a lot of putting the ball back to the exact place it had originally come from and it appeared that the team had the blinkers on.

Towards the end of the first half things settled down a bit but not before Lightning gave the back line a fright and had Archer stretching for a great save. We were lucky to not have had a goal against us at the end of the half.

The second half saw the return of the Spirit team we have come to know with much better passing and not so much play in the center. Wide passes were better and positions were held. Matilda seemed to spend a little time on the ground as result of determined defence and Liam also bit the turf literally but was ok. As the team settled they were able to move the ball forward and apply a lot more pressure on the opposition. A goal through Angus saw us 1-0 up. However the next few minutes caused stress to those watching with Lightning coming off the Center pass like ‘lightning’. They were quick and once again Archer was called on to make a great save. Spirit were very luck to get away with a win.

Newtown Strikers vs Geelong College 3-0

What a stunning game on display on Saturday against Geelong College. It was such an enjoyable spectacle from start to finish. Strikers dominated the first half by keeping possession of the ball, clever passing and, as always, our amazingly strong defence stopping that ball from reaching our goalie. This was the first week that Jamie was kitted out as goalie and it was great to see he didn’t touch the ball all game! We did have a few missed opportunities in the first half with great attempts by Adam and Alice that were saved by the goalie. We were eventually treated to a fantastic Tomahawk goal by Jack to finally score. Late in the half Chloe also came very close to sneaking one in, always being in that perfect position.

Strikers appeared even more confident in the second half sensing how well they were playing and communicating with one another. It was great to see them switching play and going out wide when needed. Alice had a couple more attempts at goal finally creating a short corner which resulted in a beautiful goal by Archie. Chloe had another great attempt which only narrowly missed and Kenna did some great work in her wing position creating another short corner. Adam scored a great goal with strong support by his teammates and Archie scored another late in the final term to seal the win.

It was another one of those weeks where it is almost impossible to choose best on field as they all played exceptional but this weeks standouts were Jack, Adam and Kenna.      Well done Strikers! You all deserve a pat on the back for a very entertaining and skillful game.

Under 14

Newtown Spirit vs Geelong Jaguars 10-2

Newtown Spirit hosted Geelong Jaguars on Sunday morning for their Round 7 clash. The first half was a fairly even contest, with Spirit making a few attacks early and Jaguars also applying good attacking pressure. Charley was able to draw a short corner through some good work in the circle, but Jaguars defended really well and held Spirit out. Another short corner at the 17th minute was too wide. Harry gave some good passes to Riley and Charley but both were defended by Jaguars

Soon after, Jamie navigated the heavy traffic to get through a goal and take Spirit to 1-nil. Soon after, Nick passed the ball through to Jamie who slotted through a goal for 2-nil. Will moved around attackers nicely and he and Harley worked well together in the last line of defence, while Angus’ powerful hits out of defence were a little easier to trap after getting the message from the coach to keep the ball flat.

Coach Carl praised the team’s passing and asked for quicker ball use in defence, and to pass out wide to avoid crowding the circle. Assistant coach Darren asked the team to push the Jaguars attackers out wide and channel them over the sidelines.

The floodgates opened after half-time, with Harry scoring 4 goals, Will moving into attack and getting 2 goals, Jamie scoring another goal to take his tally to 3. Nick had a few hits defended by the keeper, then ultimately scored his first goal of the season by making great position on the post to receive a cross from Jamie. There was some really nice work from Amelia, Olivia and Charley, with passes which set the team up well near the circle to provide scoring opportunities.

Coach Carl was really happy with how the team made good position throughout the game, and how we pressed the Jaguars attacks in on the lines to take possession. We need to be careful of fast breaks by the opposition when we have most of the team attacking up forward. Assistant coach Darren wants to see the forwards ‘pull the trigger’ for a shot at goal as soon as we reach the circle.

Thanks to Oscar who defended well in goals all game, to Olivia from U14 Strikers for giving us some good options on the post and up the wings, and to Angus for topping up the team in defence.

hockey season

U14 – Newtown Spirit vs Geelong Jaguars

Newtown Strikers vs Kardinia 2-1

A great team game saw a win to Newtown Strikers over Kardinia. Newtown kept Kardinia scoreless until the last 5 minutes of the match. Great defensive play from Ben and Oliver did not allow Kardinia to gain any dominance. Harry scored 2 great goals.

Under 17

Newtown Spirit vs Golden Plains 3-2

The round 7 match against Golden Plains proved to be far more of a challenge than the first encounter in Round 2.  Golden Plains were first on the scoreboard when a long ball found an unmarked player on the post. Newtown was awarded successive short corners towards the end of the half and Oscar was able to flick one past the goal keeper to equalise.

Newtown had the lion’s share of possession in the 2nd half and eventually went ahead following a well executed short corner with Oscar getting the final touch again. The Newtown defence was somewhat complacent after taking the lead and Golden Plains were quick to equalise. Much of the remaining time was a stalemate between the 25’s and with the clock counting down, Hudson took matters into his own hands and carved his way through the field at pace and straight into the D for a 3rd goal to end the game 3:2.

Notable stand outs in what was otherwise a scrappy affair were the wings Brianna and Emily who stuck to their positions and created options to get the ball forward and into the D. Both were unlucky not score. Thanks to Max from U14 for keeping goal.

Newtown Strikers Bye

Division 1 Women

Newtown Strikers vs Saints Black 0-8

The Strikers started the game with 11, including two players doubling up from the preceding Falcons game (thanks Georgia and Hailey) and Deb moving from the Falcons’ field to the Strikers’ goals, so running out the game against the Saints (and their enviable bench) was always going to be tough.

After a fairly even start to the game, Em A. was very unlucky to find her nose on the receiving end of a deflected ball inside the circle; fortunately Noel Russell was on hand to provide some much-needed expert medical attention and we’re all wishing Em well for a speedy recovery.  The game soon resumed with the Strikers reduced to 10 on the field.  The defence was, however, terrific this week with Kylie and Meg on the backline making it tough for Saints to get through and, when they did, Deb produced some terrific diving saves.

The second half saw great passing from Kylie and Meg on the backline through to Shannon on the wing to set up some great forward plays – with some particularly impressive runs from Erin, Dom and Hailey – which resulted in a several shots on goal; unfortunately none quite accurate enough to get past the goalie!  Despite the scoreline, it was an impressive team game and one of the Strikers’ best for the season.  Nice job ladies!

Newtown Falcons vs Geelong 0-3

A great game by Falcons against the strong Geelong team. Great running by Georgia O who maintained possession well, remaining calm and with the ball tight to the stick. Nicole in her first game back since injury in Round 1 may not have run quite as hard as usual but was very effective, gaining possession and passing well to team mates. The defence stood firm against many Geelong attacks and Deb, Bec and Emma were well supported by Jess and Georgia who provided avenues out of defence and into the forward line. Falcons mounted a number of attacks but were not able to score despite the pressure applied by Amanda and Hailey. The second half saw Falcons reduce Geelong’s chances in the circle, with Ainsley and Kellie making great position to intercept and support team mates. A great effort by the team, playing without an interchange after Kate went off with an early injury.

Division 1 Men

Newtown Falcons vs Torquay Tornadoes 7-6

A difficult start to the game for Falcons, with only 7 players arriving. Thanks to Alex and Daniel for filling in, making a team of 9 – a great effort by them.

Falcons looked outmatched and outplayed and were down 0-1 within a matter of minutes. The score spurred the Falcons players on however, and they replied with a nice forward play which started from the half way line, down the left, then switched to the right into the 25 yards area, and finished with a switch into the goal by Gus. But Torquay came back to score and it was 1-2.

This was going to be a case of who can win first. Then another open play goal from Jimmy brought the score to 2-2. Torquay scored again and it was 2-3, and another before the break to make it 2-4.

A quick chat at half time told the players what they needed to do, but Torquay still were pushing hard and the score was 2-5.  Great efforts and perseverance by Falcons brought the score back to 4-5 with Gus scoring the double. Another goal to Torquay and it was 4-6. Then from a passage of open play, Jimmy crossed the ball to the middle for Hamish to score. It was 5-6 but time was running out! More great work in open play saw Hamish cross the ball nicely and Sean chipped the ball over the goalkeeper to make it 6-6. With seconds left in the game, Falcons finished off with another goal to steal the win 7-6. A very great game, and a great effort by the team of 9 players, who gave 100% despite the pressure put on them.

Newtown Strikers vs Torquay 1-13

Division 2 Women

Newtown Spirit vs Saints Red 1-2

One of the best games for Spirit for this hockey season and it was so nearly a draw.

The availability of an interchange player gave the team a positive outlook from the start, and despite some changes to the recent team makeup, there were some very positive signs immediately. We welcomed Katelyn back from an extended illness break; Kirsty A played her first game for 18 years, and Tracey played her first game since the birth of her baby. Great defence by Tracey and Kirsty, with effective free passes and cool, calm play by both – always in the right position. Wendy moved out to half back and continued her impressive form, covering her opponent well and hassling whenever Saints gained possession. If the ball did get through, Eichelle was resolute in her attempts to deny any score, stopping many shots at goal.

Kellie and Andie as always worked hard and made many second and third effort tackles to make Saints earn the right to have the ball. Peta’s determination to hold the ball and strong hits to Katelyn, Katie, De and Kirsty running into space on the forward line saw Spirit make progress and put pressure on the Saints goalkeeper and defenders. A number of opportunities were created in front of goal, and Katelyn capitalised on one of them, pushing the ball under the keeper to score.

A short corner on the full time whistle had to be played out, and unfortunately, a deflection saw Saints score to claim the win.

An excellent game by all players with some great teamwork and thoughtful passing to team mates showcases the improvement in the team in this second half of the season.

Division 2 Men

Newtown Spirit vs Geelong Jaguars 3-1

Refreshed after the bye, Newtown Spirit were keen to consolidate a place in the top four. Joe and Nathan returned after extended time off. Darren “Daggles” M played his first game, dazzling the younger guys with his intercepts and skill. Age may have slowed him a touch but his skills and attacking style were clearly evident. Geelong scored the first goal from a drag flick from their first corner. Spirit replied with a Fitzy overhead to winger Joe in space who passed to Ian for an impressive finish.

In the second half, strong mid field play by Beau, Adam and Gordo created many opportunities. A low drag flick corner goal by Beau broke the deadlock and was followed soon after by a clever field goal by Daggles. Geelong never gave up but strong rebound defence by Gwyn and Marty linked up well with Alex and Luke.

Spirit are at times playing very good hockey. Some areas still to improve are team communications and defensive positioning.

 

 
 
 
 
 

 

National Hockey Week 2017, June 17 to 25

For the love of hockey

With National Hockey Week hitting off on June 17, we took to the field to find out what makes our junior competition players so enthusiastic about this great game. And they’re not shy with their responses. They love playing in a team, making friends and learning new skills. And some of them are pretty keen about oranges at half time too.

Talk to the young players – and junior coaching and umpiring representatives – and you’ll hear words like teamwork, respect, friendship, fitness and fun. They’ve also got a few interesting ideas about how to improve the sport they love.

National Hockey Week is all about celebrating and promoting hockey. Thousands of people across the country support hockey in clubs such as Newtown City Hockey Club every week. They are players, coaches, umpires, officials and volunteer helpers. They line fields before play and line-up on fields to play. They run canteens and barbecues, training sessions and teams, matches and clubs and carry out a myriad of other jobs so hockey continues to thrive.

Our Newtown City Hockey Club juniors are thriving too as they grow in their sport. One player put it simply: “Hockey makes me feel happy.”

Leo, Under 10 player

What’s the hardest thing about playing hockey?national hockey week
Learning all the original tricks and then learning better ways to do them at training.
Has hockey made a difference to your life?
It has made quite a big difference, meeting new people and also maybe playing against them too. I think it’s made me a lot more confident.
What new rule would you introduce?
Maybe being able to legally trip people with your legs. It would make it a lot easier to defend.
If you were in charge of Newtown City Hockey Club what would you do?
I would make it that any time we played, everybody got a `best player on the field’ award.

 

Matilda, Under 8 player

What is your favourite position on the hockey field?national hockey week
Centre, because you get to run a lot.
What’s the best part of being in a hockey team?
Using team work. And it’s fun to play with other people. It makes me feel happy.
If you were Newtown City Hockey Club president, what would you do?
I’d make sure there was hot chocolate at half time!

 

 

Drew, Under 8 player

What’s the best part of playing in a team?national hockey week
That you pass the ball to each other and call to each other.
What’s your favourite rule?
Don’t touch the ball with your feet!
What should you remember when playing hockey?
Always keep your eye on the ball.

 

Nate, Under 10 player

Favourite hockey position?national hockey week
I like being in the centre, because you run a lot and you get to attack more. It’s exciting.
How could we encourage more kids to play hockey?
I’d persuade them. I’d say, hey this is a really fun sport to play. It makes you fit and healthy and at half time you get oranges.
What’s one of the things you like about Newtown City Hockey Club?
Half-time oranges. Do all the other clubs get oranges like us? And I just like playing and training. It’s really fun.
How important are the umpires?
They are very important because if you didn’t have umpires we’d all be running at the ball and pushing people over. We all need to respect the umpires.

 

Baxter, Under 8 player

What do you like about playing hockey?national hockey week
That it’s outside.
What’s your favourite hockey position?
Being left wing. I don’t really know why, I just like it.
What new rule would you bring in?
When you goal you could lift the ball.

 

 

Pollyanna, Under 8 player

What’s the best part of playing hockey?national hockey week
When you make new friends. That means you have even more people to play with at hockey. I like that.
Why is your coach so important?
She is very important to us. She keeps us going so we can get better and better. She teaches us how to get around the player in front of us, she teaches us to pass to our teammates. She teaches us lots and lots of things. I do like her a lot.
What are some important rules in hockey?
That you keep your eye on the ball and your stick on the ball. And that you treat everyone nicely, like you treat your family.
What would you change about your uniform?
I’d make it more colourful. Maybe aqua? But I’d keep the skirt as it is.

 

Amelia, Under 10 player

What can hockey teach you?national hockey week
To work with a team and when you play you learn the skills of the game.
How long will you play?
Well, I’m eight now, so maybe until I’m 45?
What do you like most about hockey?
Scoring goals. Hockey makes me feel happy. I like playing when kids on my team are from my school.

 

 

Avah, Under 8 player

Where do you like playing on the field?national hockey week
In the goals because then you can stop goals. It is lots of fun.
If you were boss of Hockey Australia, what would you do?
Make your own rules. But I’m not sure what they’d be.

 

 

 

Jarret, 12 ½, junior umpire:

How long have you been umpiring?national hockey week
This is my first season umpiring and my fifth game. I started because I wanted to do something else for the club and get more involved. Mum said ‘Why not umpire?’ and I thought that’s what I’d do. It’ll make me a better player, I’ll know the rules more and be helping out the club as well. It’s all good.
What’s the hardest thing about umpiring?
Getting the kids to listen to you. Sometimes you blow the whistle and they keep playing. You have to get their attention.
What do you like most about umpiring?
Probably seeing all the kids’ smiling faces. That’s really nice and shows they’re having fun. It was the same for me at their age.

 

Anna, Under 10 player

If you were in charge of Hockey Australia, what would you do?national hockey week
Probably get some more assistants so I could go on a nice holiday, spend time with my family and knit a lot!
What is one of the hardest things about playing hockey?
Probably with the umpires when they whistle and wave their hands around everywhere and you wonder what’s actually happening.
What do you like about hockey?
I actually like being goalie for some reason. I get to watch the others running up and down the field getting tired while I stand there. And it’s fun to fall over.

 

Oscar, Under 8 player

What do you like most about playing hockey?national hockey week
Defending people, because then you can score a goal.

 

 

 

 

Ruben, Under 10 player

Why do you enjoy hockey?national hockey week
It’s a very fun sport and easy for everyone to play. It’s all about playing as a team.
If you were boss of Newtown City Hockey Club, what would you do?
I would copy what Claire (Barnes) and Kellie (Barnes) do. I think they do a good job, because they think about the kids and help them to play even better.
Hardest thing about playing hockey?
If you are against a really good team, you need to have confidence. Don’t be scared of the team just because they’re bigger or older. Just do your best.

 

Eliza, Under 8 player

What do you like best about being part of Newtown City Hockey Club?national hockey week
That I get to score goals. I like that, because it’s fun.
What are some really important rules in hockey?
You need to be five metres away from the ball (at a free hit) and pass to each other.
What would make half time better?
Watermelon!
How would you encourage more kids to play hockey?
Just say `Do you have a hockey stick?’ and then ask them if they have a hockey ball. If they have those things then they can play hockey. And then I’d tell them to come and play for our club!

 

Kellie, coach of Under 8 and Under 10 teams

What do you like about coaching junior teams?national hockey week
I enjoy teaching and I enjoy helping kids learn to play hockey and understand the game. And obviously it’s very rewarding to see the improvement the kids have made by the end of the year and even see them applying what they’ve learnt from the first half of a game to the second half. When you get a kid who has really incredible skills it’s just lovely to watch. It’s all really rewarding.
What do you love about the game?
It’s a really accessible game – easy to pick up from no knowledge. I enjoy the running I get out of it because I love running. And I love being part of a team. I also love that hockey is equal in terms of males and females and from the top our males and females are paid the same amount. I’m really happy and proud to be part of a sport that does that.

 

Come and join our hockey family.

Hockey is a family game, where players from 3 to 70+ can participate – for fun, friendship and fitness.

Newtown City Hockey Club welcomes anyone to come and have a game – whether you have played before or not. If you think you might like to play but would like to try it out before making a commitment, we have lots of ways for you to try out the game.

 

 

 

 

2017 Hockey Season – June 3 & 4

The 2017 hockey season is proving to be another great one for the Newtown Hockey Club. Membership numbers are increasing, and we regularly welcome new players to the Club, with 60 new players joining or rejoining the Club for this winter hockey season. Enthusiasm among junior teams is at a high level, and fantastic attendances at training are showing results on the field.

Thanks to all involved for your efforts – players, coaches, team managers, umpires, committee members, parents and supporters. Well done, and keep it up.

Kookas

The Kookas games are an ideal opportunity to promote the sport of hockey, and prove that hockey is a family game that you can play at any age. The main aim of the Kookas games is to provide an opportunity for junior players to participate in a less structured game. The games also provide an alternative for those who have other commitments at the weekend. However, as the format is flexible and rules can be adjusted to suit the participants, we regularly have adults joining in to boost the numbers. So this week’s game again included players aged from 6 to 60+.

The younger players are not daunted by the presence on the field of bigger opponents, and our youngest player Lenny, again showed his enthusiasm, getting to the ball quickly and making some great passes. Braydn is showing great attention to the play, and with a cool head, is proving a very effective defender. Great ball control skills and running to space by Charlie and Ebony, with Tom and Emily always ready to support their team mates each week. Game strategies and passing skills are developing well, leading to an enjoyable game with lots of friendly rivalry.

Under 6 Joeys

 

2017 hockey season

Under 6 Joeys – the “Monster Forest” test.

Our Joeys players are learning some great skills, and showing plenty of enthusiasm for the concept of maintaining possession of the ball, and not letting the opposition get it. These dribbling skills are backed up by passing skills and learning to run to a new space, when playing ‘keepings off’.

Under 8

Newtown Spirit vs Newtown Raiders

Spirit players put in arguably their best performance of the hockey season when they met Raiders in Under 8 competition at Lloyd Reserve on Saturday. Spirit clicked as a team, with both sides showing developing skills during the fast and friendly showdown between the Newtown stablemates. Avah, Summah and Drew formed a strong line of defence at half back and were instrumental in driving the ball forward into attack right from the starting whistle. And attack Spirit did – time and time again.

Centre forward Michael was on fire. He showcased his impressive range of skills to the spectators on the sidelines, keeping his stick down on the ground as he moved forward relentlessly and went back for second and third efforts with enthusiasm.

With Pollyanna and Juliette roaming dangerously out wide on the wings, the team worked well together. Drew, who fired off some lovely passes, and Michael combined beautifully in a couple of quick breaks while Avah was a pivotal part of Spirit’s attack as usual. Braydn was a valuable contributor at full back, on one occasion cleanly stopping a strong opposition shot on goal and clearing the ball out wide to the left. It was also encouraging to hear calling on the field.

At half time Coach Kellie told Spirit players they were doing a beautiful job. She set them the tasks of marking the Raiders players a little more and looking to see where Spirit team mates were on the field before attempting to pass. She also said three Spirit players had to touch the ball before any shot was made on goal, then sent the team out for the second half with positions largely unchanged.

While Spirit enjoyed a lot of attack after half time, Raiders displayed strong defence, making the match a great one to watch. Pollyanna, Michael and Avah joined forces on several occasions. In a stand-out passage of play Drew delivered a cracking free hit to Juliette who ran into a space to receive the ball before pushing it onwards towards the goals. Summah also added handy pressure up forward in front of goals.

After the final whistle Coach Kellie told her young team the second half had contained “some really fabulous play” characterised by strategic passes, good running and strong marking. Michael received the Subway Best Team Player award after giving 100 per cent the entire game and showing great skills. Well done Michael.

Newtown Raiders vs Newtown Spirit

The best game of the hockey season so far for Newtown Raiders, with players having taken on board the message of ‘concentrate on the play at all times’. The first half saw some great concentration on the ball and on the play, with Raiders doing some great marking of the Spirit players. With all players keeping their sticks on the ground, there were some good forward moves, with Chloe, Lily and Jesse gaining possession and taking the ball into attack. Great defence by Charlotte stopped a number of Spirit attacks, and her quick free passes using both sides of the field allowed Oscar and Isabelle to find space and initiate forward moves. Great running and perseverance by Oscar saw some excellent passages of play for Raiders.

Subway Player of the Day award went to Oscar.

Newtown Rebels vs Torquay

Rebels had a fantastic match this week against Torquay and showed great improvement from the early hockey season games. In the first half there was an early attack from Torquay, however Rebels then gained confidence with Sophie B, Sophie E and Genevieve moving forward. It was a fast-paced game and Rebels showed great tenacity, passing well and keeping Torquay under constant pressure.

At half-time Coach Penny stressed the importance of Rebels keeping their sticks down and chasing the ball. Torquay again started strongly in the second half  but Paddy and Aiden worked well together in defence. Audrey, Neve and Annabelle all added to the Rebel’s attack. All in all, Rebels showed a much-improved performance this week with everyone getting stuck in!

Paddy was awarded Subway Player of the Week for his great work in goal and when defending.

Newtown Strikers vs Kardinia Kookaburras

Another excellent game from Strikers, with all players showing great teamwork and great effort.

Under 10 South

Newtown Strikers vs Golden Plains 0-0

What a fantastic effort from everyone and a very different score to last time we met Golden Plains. Anna made some some great saves in goals, sending the ball wide and out of danger. Amelia and Thamindu backed up Anna in the back line and kept the pressure on, didn’t give up and successfully defended all short corners. Eliza never gave up and put pressure on Golden Plains throughout the entire game. Elliott, Isla, Eliza May and Ruby worked well together switching from defensive to offensive play and calling to each other.

Charlie continued to work on his stick skills and following on with the ball. Alex again managed to push the ball between the opposition’s feet. Isabel found herself under pressure during the game and stepped up to the challenge. Amber and Emma rotated roles during the game and focused on their ball control with keeping their sticks on the ground.

We still need to ensure we pass wide especially in front of goals and being in front of an opponent during any penalty shots. Best Team Player Awards went to Eliza and Isla.

Newtown Spirit vs Torquay Tornadoes 0-0

What a great game….Coach Kellie’s comment at half time was “What a killer first half”. We had excellent clearance of the ball with 2nd and 3rd efforts at the ball. Sticks were down low, small taps were effective at stopping Torquay’s momentum. Kellie wanted the team to work on getting ahead of the ball to give us a run on an open goal, marking a player at all times, and moving down the right side of the field as this plays to the opposition’s weaker side. A scoreless first half with great defence by Spirit as there was a lot of play down the opposition’s goal end.

The second half saw us open up the field, with a lot more play spread across the field. We were trusting ourselves and our team mates better which meant we were able to carry the ball further down the field. Excellent plays were seen. Tackling was great, low passes, great skills, enthusiasm, good positioning and we continued to work the opposition hard. It was a great game to watch from the sidelines with lots of praise after the game to the players from the parents and spectators. Scores 0:0.

Awards were very difficult for Kellie to give out (she wanted to cut them in 1/6 so that everyone could get one). Best team player went to Surry. Subway Players of the Day went to Nate and Charlotte.

Under 12

Newtown Rebels vs Newtown Spirit 0-2

The derby between Newtown Rebels and Newtown Spirit saw Spirit walk away as winners.  It was an important game as the winner would move one game ahead on the ladder.  The score of 2-0 does not show how closely the game was played.  For Rebels, Teijai was excellent in goals.  Sam and Basyl were outstanding, moving the ball quickly and keeping Spirit on their toes.  Spirit’s defence stood up to numerous attacks from Rebels.  Spirit’s goalie was perhaps the difference between the two teams, booting the goal to safety on several occasions.  At the end of the day, the highlight of the game was sportsmanship shown by both teams, who were equally as quick to put out a hand to the opposition.  Well done to both teams!!!

2017 hockey season

U12 Newtown Spirit vs Newtown Rebels

 Newtown Strikers vs Bellarine Thunder 0-3

This week’s match against Bellarine Thunder proved to be a learning experience for Newtown Strikers. Our first half was disappointing, conceding 3 goals to the opposition. Our team seemed to lose their way a bit and forget skills learned in training. They made a few poor decisions with their passing and didn’t communicate enough. To their credit though the team rallied together in the second half and improved their game play to keep Bellarine goaless.

Chloe played her best game of the hockey season so far, holding her position and getting involved in a lot of the play. She also narrowly missed scoring a goal and assisted in another near miss by Alice. Cameron and Gil also put in good performances with some great passing shots and tackling the opposition to win the ball.  So, although it wasn’t our best game played this hockey season, there were moments of good play and teamwork in the second half. One important thing our team learned this week is to never underestimate the opposition.

Under 14

Newtown Spirit vs Newtown Strikers 3-1

It was a nice sunny Sunday morning for Newtown Spirit’s Round 6 clash against Newtown Strikers. With Grace and Claudia away, we only had 1 sub for the game, but our regular goalie Max was back. The teams were evenly matched and early attacks through the middle from Nick and Harry were not able to penetrate Strikers’ defence. The Strikers speed into attack was dangerous but the defenders held strong. Jamie showed his versatility with some good clearances of the ball in defence.

Mid-way through the first half we were able to get a score on the board with a great tomahawk from Will. This fired Strikers up and they immediately levelled scores 1-all a minute later. Riley and Harley did some great defending to lock the ball in our forward half but we were unable to capitalise again to half time.

The coach at half-time said he was really pleased to see some lovely passing on left and right sides of the pitch, and he asked for better coverage of the mid-field due to Strikers fast breaks. He wanted the wings to stay wide in order to spread the Strikers defenders out in the circle, and where our attacks couldn’t get through due to congestion, to throw the ball backwards.

In the second half, Spirit went 2-1 up with a nice goal from Harry. Strikers responded by drawing 2 short corners, but Spirit defended well and prevented a score. Jamie added another goal to give Spirit a 3-1 lead. Coach Carl was really pleased with the team’s efforts in what was a good, close contest. Areas to concentrate on in the next game are for the team to spread out into space, and to look up more to see who is free.

Newtown Strikers vs Newtown Spirit 1-3

A great match, won by Newtown Spirit, but very close up until the last 15 minutes. Oscar scored an amazing goal, and Angus put in some great defensive play.

 
 
2017 hockey season

U14 Newtown Strikers vs Newtown Spirit

 

 

 

 

 

 

Under 17

Newtown Spirit vs Kardinia 1-2

Round 6 was the second clash between Newtown and Kardinia for this hockey season, with the teams having previously met in Round 1 with a victory to Newtown.  Kardinia were still without a goal keeper, however there were a few new faces on their team. Newtown had one of the U14 goal keepers Max available for the game, so it was going to be interesting to see how the game panned out with the playing list changes.

Kardinia surprised Newtown early with their speed up the field and were on the scoreboard in quick time. They dominated possession in the first half and Newtown were deprived of any real opportunities on goal.

Newtown lifted the tempo in the second half resulting in a more even split of possession and territory. Both teams had shots on goal and short corners early in the half, but the scoreboard wasn’t bothered until the curtains opened on the Harry and Miles show. A brilliant ball was delivered to Harry just over half way and he weaved his magic around a couple of Kardinia players twice his size, before delivering the ball to Miles for an encore display of ducking and weaving, and finally a goal. Despite the theatrics on field and hysteria amongst the Newtown supporters, Kardinia scored a second goal not long after from scrappy play in front of the Newtown goal and the game ended with a 2:1 victory to Kardinia.

Great effort by all and looking forward to more excitement in future games. Thanks to Max and Ollie for joining our ranks on the day, we appreciate your support.

Newtown Strikers vs Golden Plains 4-1

We had the luxury of having a player on the bench this week thanks to Tom C filling in.  We started the game a little sluggishly and a couple of the Golden Plains forwards were playing very high which created a few vulnerable moments early in the game.  However Ollie, Rachael and Byron kept their forwards accountable and limited their scoring, often having to tag two of their forwards each.

We settled down after 10 minutes and once we started using our wings in Tom M and Sam, the game started to open up and we were able to start bringing the ball forward; eventually earning the first goal of the match.  Tom M and Declan worked well together communicating well and switching positions regularly down the right side of the field to confuse the opposition.  This worked well for both of them and at the end of the game they had both scored a goal each.

Strikers continue to work very well as a team.  We worked hard off the ball and were always looking out for each other.  All players continue with the second and third efforts (some times fourth) even when things have not gone to plan.  Byron and Angus both demonstrated excellent examples of putting continued pressure on the opposition when the chips were down.  Great work once again Strikers.

Division 1 Men

Newtown Falcons vs Saints Black 5-2

Falcons began slowly, and at times were a little slow to react to the strong opposition provided by Saints. Some tussles in the play saw some of our players disadvantaged. However Falcons showed a great work ethic, and without saying a word, stood up, shook themselves off and started to work on free hits, calling and general skills. This proved the key to turning the match around, and at half time, the score was 1-1.

A change of positions was needed, and the team came out with renewed vigor and effort. There was some great switching, and fantastic one touch hockey led to a goal, and the score was 2-1. Saints came back to equalise at 2-2.  But Falcons went up a gear, with plenty of calling from our defence to our forwards, resulting in another goal to Falcons – 3-2. A couple of short corners followed, and one led to another goal 4-2. The last goal was scored from a quick break and the final score was 5-2.

Goals to Darren 2, Sean 1, Gus 1, Hamish 1. Thanks to Darren, Carl and Alex for filling in.

Newtown Strikers vs Torquay Tornadoes 1-2

Another week, another frustratingly close loss for the Strikers.  This week though, the overall endeavour of the team as a whole was more consistent and although the end result was a loss, we had more possession and scoring opportunities than the opposition.

These are all positive points, the tough part now is working out how to capitalise on our opportunities so that we can get back to winning these close games. Big thanks to Daniel and Richard who stepped in to fill our vacancies this week. Hopefully a few of our ongoing injuries will have time to heal over the Queens birthday weekend and we can come back fresh and ready to play.

Division 1 Women

Newtown Falcons – Bye

Newtown Strikers vs Geelong Jaguars 0-8

Division 2 Men

Newtown Spirit vs Saints Red 2-0

Coach Fitzy was back in town to take on the task of coaching Spirit against undefeated Saints. Thanks to Gordo for coaching the team the week before to a well earned draw in a bruising encounter. Young gun Callum is nursing an injured knee. All the best Cal for a speedy recovery.

Birse father and son combo Don and Brodie were solid in defence keeping out some promising Saints forward moves. Fantastic field goals by elder statesmen Gwyn and Ian were well deserved after team link ups in mid field. Half backs Adam, Beau and Alex provided drive to forwards Woodsy, Tim, Gordo and Luke.

Both teams were missing regular players. This win keeps Spirit well and truly in the hunt for a finals berth, but this won’t just happen without continued improvement. Passing stick to stick and leading to space are areas to keep working on.

Division 2 Women

Newtown Spirit vs Torquay 3-2

A very happy day for Newtown Spirit, earning our first win for this hockey season. We should probably mention that Torquay were short of players, but Spirit players took advantage of this to create some great passages of play. Perseverance and repeated defence efforts to meet the ball early saw Rachel, Wendy, Andie and Beth block many of Torquay’s forward moves. Great pressure on the ball carrier by Kellie and Peta and thoughtful passing to players in space produced some great switching.

Great running to gain possession by Georgie, Jacquie and Lauren and  once in possession, determination to hold the ball and move quickly to attack put pressure on the Torquay defence, forcing them to make a number of saves. Katie and Kirsty kept the pressure on too, always looking for team mates to pass to. Great marking by Newtown Spirit, and with less opposition to cover, occasionally too many players moved to get the ball. Goals scored by Peta (2) and Kellie.

Great work team. Thanks to Rachel, Georgie and Jacquie for filling in.

 

2017 Hockey Season – May 27 & 28

About 1/3 of the way through the hockey season, and this week was a good illustration of the changeable weather conditions – warm and sunny on Saturday, rain and hail on Sunday. Congratulations to all players on their efforts whatever the weather.

Joeys

As the hockey season progresses, our young hockey stars are gaining confidence and improving skills each week. Jasmine and Amelia showed us some great dribbling skills. Good understanding of passing the ball and running to a new space by Alexander and Harrison was a feature of the game of keepings off, with Zeph making good position too.

Kookas

An excellent game this week, resulted in a 2-2 draw between Team Orange and Team Red. Lenny joined us for his first game of hockey, and showed great skills and focus on the ball. Braydn was again making good position and passing well to team mates. Ebony, Olivia and Tom worked hard, with Ebony making great runs to meet the ball in space, and push forward into attack. Baxter showed great tackling skills and gained control for his team, passing to the advantage of his team mates on many occasions.

Under 8

Newtown Raiders vs College Green

Well done to everybody on another great game. We are nearly half way through the hockey season and every week it is great see the team improve all the time. Isabelle did a fabulous job as our centre and was well supported by Lily and Hannah on the wings. Oscar and Jesse did a great job in defence, stopping several attempts at goal. Both Hannah and Chloe demonstrated great dribbling and passing skills down the line, demonstrating what they had learnt during practice that morning.

Well Done to Chloe for being awarded Subway Player of the Match, with some great focus and keeping her stick on the ground to gain possession.

Newtown Strikers vs Kardinia Kangaroos

Strikers took on a strong Kardinia team this week. Strikers were caught napping in the first part of the game with Kardinia scoring some early goals. Once Newtown started to play the game of passing into space and out wide, the goals began coming. Will was very strong in attack scoring a couple of times in the first half.

The second half saw most of the game played in Newtown’s forward line with Matilda dribbling hard in attack and excellent passing in from the centres. There was a brilliant piece of play with Will passing to Matilda in space, who dribbled down the wing then passed in to Isabella who scored a great goal. Awesome display of passing out to players on the wing.  Well done Team. This week Sam received the Subway Encouragement Award for his solid performance in the centre.

Newtown Spirit vs Torquay

Spirit overcame a defensive first half to shine in the second in a friendly battle against Torquay at Lloyd Reserve on Saturday. Braydn, playing arguably his best game of the season so far, tackled consistently and marked the opposition with persistence. He managed to stop Torquay play on several occasions, then fed the ball to his waiting teammates. Baxter and Avah were a wall of defence while Pollyanna directed some lovely free hits out wide and Summah was poised for action at wing. Michael did a great job time and again across the half-back line.

At half time Coach Kellie praised the team for their defensive work but urged them to spread out more. She set a distance of  “five big steps” between teammates when setting up for Spirit free hits. And she urged the youngsters to get into position swiftly. In the second half, after a position reshuffle, Spirit players threw themselves into attack, shooting several goals. Centre forward Avah and left wing Michael proved dangerous up forward while Baxter instigated several great passages of play from left half, always lifting his head and looking to select the best passing option whenever he got the ball.

Torquay showed some strong defence and managed to repel several Spirit forays towards goals. Both teams put on a great display for the spectators cheering on the sidelines.
Coach Kellie congratulated her team for a fantastic second half, where players got into position quickly, called and worked hard to win the ball. Braydn won the Subway Best Team Player Award after, in the coach’s words, “playing a blinder”. Well done Braydn.

Newtown Rebels vs Kardinia Kookaburras

Rebels had another tough match this week against the Kardinia Kookaburras, however their skills and confidence are improving with each game played. In the first half there was an early attack from the Kookaburras, however Audrey defended well and Sophie performed strongly in goal. Rebels then gained some confidence with improved passing and started to move forward. Aiden and Genevieve showed great tenacity, tackling well and never giving up when trying to get the ball. At half-time the coach stressed the importance of Rebels marking players from the opposition but then moving quickly to take a free hit and find space. In the second half Kookaburras kept up the pressure with a relentless attack. Paddy, along with Aiden in goal, defended well, while Neve and Annabelle made excellent passes when taking free hits. Overall, Rebels enjoyed a great match and most importantly kept smiling!

Sophie was awarded Subway Player of the Week for her great listening to the coach and her fantastic work in goal and defence.

Under 10

Newtown Spirit vs Newtown Strikers 0-0

Spirit began the game with the coach’s reminder in mind – “trust your team mates”. This saw a fantastic first half, with everyone’s efforts “off the charts”. There was some great tackling with the stick on the ground, and perseverance winning the free hit for Spirit. There was some solid defence by Meyah and Max who was everywhere, pushing the ball out to the wings very well. Ruben at half back cut off many Strikers attacks and returned the ball to attack for Spirit, always looking for team mates to pass to. Strategies for the second half included spreading out away from team mates and passing the ball around the oppostion, rather than into the crowd. Coach Kellie encouraged players to call to team mates when going for the ball “I’ve got it!”, allowing team mates to get into position ready for a pass.

The second half was highlighted by fantastic tackling from everyone, and it was great to see Leo pushing forward with the ball and winning the free. Keeping the stick down and avoiding ‘hacking’ at the ball saw Spirit gain possession on numerous occasions and with control, were able to create many forward moves. There was some excellent “manning up” as Ryley pointed out. A tendency to pass the ball into the middle limited further attacks, so taking the time to look up and hit wide is an aim for next week.

This was a great game to watch, everyone was engaged in the game and had fun – (all kids agreed they had fun!!).  Thank you to Surry for volunteering to play for the opposition. Result: 0-0 No goals were scored, but it was a fantastic game to watch as agreed by all parents!

Subway Award: Ruben – consistent effort throughout the entire game, always looking for his team players to hit out to. Best team player: Lucy – for her awesomeness as a goalie, with fantastic kicking to stop the goals at critical moments.

Newtown Strikers vs Newtown Spirit 0-0

Firstly a big thank you to Surry for playing for Strikers. What a fantastic game from everyone this week. We put into practice what we have been focusing on for the last few training sessions. Passing to the side and not giving up. We still need to remember to take 5 steps back when the opponent has a penalty and not leave a player open.

Thamindu, Alex and Amelia successfully defended the goals all game. Eliza never gave up throughout the game and covered so much territory. Brandon worked the wing and pushed the ball beautifully along the side line. Alex even had a fancy pass between a players feet and came so close to scoring. Eliza-May, Ruby and Amber worked together on the front line to keep the ball moving and Isla is really developing a roving role throughout the mid field.

Thank to Jai who is currently injured but still attended the game and encouraged the team. Subway and Best Team Player Awards for the day went to Eliza May and Alex.

Under 12

Newtown Strikers vs Bellarine Lightning 1-0

What an awesome game we witnessed on Saturday watching Newtown Strikers play the undefeated Bellarine Lightning team. It was an entertaining, fast paced, energetic game from the start to the finish. It was so pleasing to see how much the team has improved and gelled together since round 1. It’s obvious that the hard work they are putting in at training is paying off.  Strikers were constantly on the attack throughout the match putting much pressure on the opposition. There were no goals scored in the first half and only one scored in the second half which was all that was needed for the Strikers to win the match.

Tom was again unbeatable in defence giving great support to Jamie. He was also strongly supported by Cameron, Alice and Ruby who were relentless in their tackling and winning the ball. Archie and Adam were kept very busy in their centre roles both putting in a fantastic effort with their stick skills. Thomas, Kenna and Chloe on the wing were always in the right positions when needed and Chloe had a great shot at goal which only narrowly missed. Gil was very strong at left inner and Jack was showing some talent with his reverse stick work and dribbling. He also scored the match winning goal.

The parents watching, the coaches and myself were so proud of the whole team and the way they all played which made it difficult to choose our best on fields, but for the second week in a row, Tom was the unanimous choice with Jack and Alice also named. Keep up the great work Strikers!          

Newtown Rebels vs Geelong College 3-0

Rebels continued to show improvement this week putting on a strong display against Geelong College winning 3-0.  Brandon was outstanding completing a hat-trick of goals.  Over the past few weeks Rebels have been working on switches out of defence and through the midfield, as well as passing the ball backwards to team mates in better positions.  Right from the start you could see improvement in this part of their game.  Sam, Basyl and Luca showed great understanding of each other, producing several switches out of defence which kept Geelong College on their toes.  Lachlan provided excellent support to the defence, receiving some red hot passes which he trapped and moved quickly down field to his teammates.  Isobel and Mai were as tenacious  in offence and the midfield, and weren’t scared to pass the ball backwards to create opportunity.  Adele produced some excellent passes to Kiah and Teijai who were hardworking as always.  Imogen was dangerous around goals, getting herself in the right position time and again but just couldn’t finish off all of her good work.  Well done to Pat for going goalie this week!!!

Newtown Spirit vs Torquay 2-0

Another clear day greated the team on Sunday but it certainly was cold. The team welcomed Daniel back and Eliza V helped us out once again. Spirit started off with great gusto and put an enormous amount of pressure on Torquay right from the start of the game. Some very near misses from Maggie had the supporters on their knees with excitement. Torquay had fantastic defence and their goalie did very well indeed. As the first half rounded out Edie in goals was put under a little bit of pressure by Torquay and deflected a certain goal. What a great way to celebrate her 25th game for the club!

The second half saw Spirit a little lack lustre with Torquay applying the pressure from the start. It was a little nervous but then Spirit lifted and had many many shots on goal and short corners. India had 2 close misses and Maggie was also in the best position but was denied. The two Spirit goals came from Angus following some fantastic team play to get the ball up forward. The entire team were a part of the goals and should be very proud of their efforts. Archer seemed to be everywhere and made an impression every time he touched the ball. Matilda was quick to the ball, Oli and Mitch read the play beautifully down the back, Harry brought the ball forward early well, Daniel was making an impression in the middle, Lachie was of great support to Archer and Harry and also read the play brilliantly while Eliza played with grunt and determination.  Well done everyone. Peter was very impressed with you all.

Under 14

 Newtown Spirit vs Torquay 4-1

Newtown Spirit faced second on the ladder Torquay on Saturday for their Round 5 clash. With our regular goalkeeper Max away, the coach opted for a kicking full back, and Sam took on the role in the first half. Torquay also used a kicking full back for the first half. Torquay immediately had our defenders under pressure and had 2 short corners early, but our defenders, in particular Amelia in her first game back from injury, did well to hold them off. Newtown then took the ball forward, and Harry was able to slot a nice goal through. With a short corner soon after, Newtown went up 2-nil after a hit from Jamie. Grace was positioned nicely up forward to receive some fast breaks and Charley as always gave us plenty of run from defence into attack.

At half-time, the coach again called for the ball to be kept out wide, and wanted more 1-touch passes as the team was holding on to the ball a little too long. Also, when running forward with the ball, our lead players were asked to hold up the ball a little to allow other players to join them up forward and assist. In the second half, Torquay used a dedicated goalkeeper but Will got the ball past to take the score to 3-nil. Torquay quickly gathered their composure and broke through our defence to bring the score to 3-1. Newtown continued their attacking pressure and through Jamie we were able to go 4-1 up. There was great defensive pressure from Bailey, Harley, Nick and Riley all match, and Claudia provided great running up the wing into the circle.

Torquay kept fighting and were unlucky not to get a goal after two lovely crosses across goal and one disallowed goal that was hit outside the circle. Newtown also had some further chances with Harry and Grace working together well on a number of occasions and Charley, Will, Ella and Jamie all having attempts defended by Torquay. Coach Carl praised the team for their good passing and for holding their positions well.

Newtown Strikers vs Geelong Jaguars 2-0

Goal scorers Harry and Jonah.

Under 17

 Newtown Strikers vs Kardinia 4-2

We fronted up with only 9 players for the start of the game against a fairly strong Kardinia team who also had a bench. Within the first minute Kardinia scored a goal and all of the Newtown fans thought that it could get ugly quickly. However our defensive players kept their chins up and responded well, locking down the backline after that first goal and depriving Kardinia of any easy attacking play for the rest of the game. Angus and Byron did a fantastic job niggling and tackling the Kardinia forwards, some who were twice their size; and anything that got through them was easily shutdown by Corey. Jamie jumped on the field 15 minutes into the game bringing our number of players up to 10 which provided great support and an additional goal sneak that the U17 opposition teams often tend to overlook because of his size, usually to their regret.  The efforts of the improved defensive work soon flowed through to the forwards and Tom soon scored on a fast break.

After that point, we never really looked back and could have easily won by a greater margin.  Our work rate in the mid-field through Jonah, Declan and Rachael was very high often digging deep to chase down a loose ball or to drop back and defend.  Our key advantage over other teams this year has been our team spirit which generates strong will, a high work rate and confidence in each other; this then results in lots of opportunities as they make leads and look for each other.  Great work Strikers and keep it up.

Newtown Spirit vs Torquay 1-3

The game started at a frantic pace with two short corners to Newtown and one to Torquay within the first 5 minutes of the game. This set the tone for much of the first half with play from one end to the other – it was tiring to watch!!  Newtown was not marking effectively late in the first half allowing Torquay to finally score.

The start of the second half was scrappy and Torquay were able to go 2 goals up early on. Newtown eventually pierced their defence via a quick counterattack and Miles was able to draw the goal keeper off his line and pull back one goal. Torquay continued to apply pressure and scored a third goal to finish at 3:1.

A hard fought game against strong opposition but no reason we can’t be more competitive with hard work at training ready for our next meeting with Torquay in Round 10.  Thanks to Caleb for keeping goal at short notice.

Division 1 Men

Newtown Falcons vs Torquay 1-2

The game started off at a fast pace with both teams showing great skills. There was plenty of switching play, calling and moving to the ball. The weather at this stage was nice and sunny and it looked like a great day for a hockey match. Falcons kept Torquay out with some great goalkeeping skills by Campbell and some solid defence by Lachie, Sean, Pat, Nick P and Leo. Mighty fine stickwork was a feature of the play for these players. Then the weather changed, the sun disappeared, down came the rain and the hail, and it made playing more difficult at times. However the two teams kept on playing with determination and great effort.

Nic M had to leave the game, but his spot was filled by Tom P, and Oliver ran on and off the bench. Players continued to run hard, just to keep warm. Falcons scored first from a passage of great field play. Great passing, with the ball switched into the dee for Zed to execute a reverse stick shot under the diving goalkeeper, and the score was 1-0. Torquay replied from a short corner, making it 1-1. Late in the game, Torquay scored from a puzzling free hit. Both the Falcons forward and defence lineups did well, with maximum effort. All in all, it was a great game of hockey on a day where the weather made it difficult for both teams to play to potential.

Thanks to Tom P and Oliver for filling in.

Newtown Strikers vs Geelong Jaguars 3-4

If only we could bottle the 15 minutes where we scored 3 goals at the end of the second half, then repeat that three more times. Unfortunately, if it was that easy we’d all be superstars so for now this game will be a reminder to the Strikers that we need to get back to basics, strong passing, trapping, off the ball running, all things that we’ve been taught from the junior level.

The game itself was competitive, but Geelong were the only team to score in the first half and a quarter, at which point the Strikers shifted up a gear putting three quick fire goals in the back of the net. With the scores tied and only seconds left in the game, Geelong managed to get a short corner, the final whistle blew and they scored putting them up by one goal.

This was possibly fitting considering the rest of the game, maybe we were a little complacent after playing the top teams in the division the past few weeks, thinking this game would be easier, it is clear now that there will be no easy games this season and that as a team we have to renew our drive to be a finals contender and look to next week where we’ll be taking on the second on the ladder Torquay .

Division 1 Women

Newtown Falcons vs Saints Black 0-7

Congratulations to the Falcons players on their courage and determination in the game on Sunday. Despite the bad weather, which included  wind, rain and hail, the team kept fighting against the odds to try very hard to score goals. Unfortunately the opposition were determined to stop us scoring goals. Saints played at a fast pace, switching the play quickly to find players in space, and using accurate passing and deflections to achieve results. Emma P stopped many attacks, playing with great focus and controlled tackles and was well supported by Bec and Kate in midfield. Half time saw the score at 0-4, but this score did not reflect the good play of Falcons in attack, with Shannon and Hailey showing great effort running to receive the ball and confront opponents. Cool, calm and controlled play by Jess set up a number of forward moves for Falcons. Thanks to Sam, Shannon and Claire who changed their plans at short notice to help us play well as a team. Every one listened to Deb’s pre game strategies and implemented them successfully. Enjoy the  bye next week, as we also have the long weekend off. See you all  rested and ready for another game on the 18th June at 12.30

Newtown Strikers vs Torquay 0-8

The recruit of the week was Deb, filling in as keeper, and showing some excellent moves.

Division 2 Men

Newtown Spirit vs Bellarine 2-2

Newtown Spirit had a good game across the board this week.  In the end we achieved a 2 all draw against Bellarine although Spirit had many more chances going into the D.  Gwyn, Beau, Adam, Callum and Daniel all played great structured and fast hockey. Gordon did a lot of shouting and is looking forward to Fitzy taking over coaching again next week. Unfortunately one of the older Bellarine players thought it was necessary to injure our young players in order to even up the match.  I hope we do not see any more of this behaviour on the hockey field this season.

Division 2 Women

Newtown Spirit vs Geelong Jaguars 1-2

An excellent game from Spirit with solid defence again by Hill and Wendy, who stuck to her player well and limited Geelong’s ability to capitalise on forward moves. With space available, Hill made some great clearing passes from defence. Some great chasing and passing from the midfield by Beth, Kellie and Andie and the fast pace and accurate passing of Georgie and Jacquie created some lovely attacks. Great running by De and Peta on the forward line to move to the ball. Great switches by Peta got the ball into our attacking zone and there were a number of opportunities before Jacquie put one in the net for Spirit. Geelong continued to press forward with some fast and skilfull players, and managed to outmanoeuvre the defence to score. With 10 players, Spirit still managed to cover opponents well.